Although the Audi car maker has just presented its Q5 SUV crossover, they have also announced the all-new version of this model which is expected to arrive as the 2019 model. So, the main question remains if you’re in a market for the Q5, should you buy the 2018 version or wait for the upcoming 2019 model year. As well, we are all probably wondering what could and will be the improvements and novelties which the 2019 Audi Q5 is going to bring.
The Q5 model represents the brand’s second compact luxury crossover SUV which was first presented to the world back in 2008 at the Beijing Auto Show. Then the second generation of the Q5 has been unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and now the 2018 year model should arrive all-new in February next year. Perhaps it might not be completely different visually, but the details will be those which will make it look fresh and more modern. The more noticeable changes will be visible inside the cabin where the carmaker has applied the latest design language. For example, the display on the center of the dashboard is more modern, the control and buttons are better organized.
Under the hood, we can expect the same drivetrain which could be slightly revised in order to provide better performance and improved fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the newest Q5 will ride on the new architecture used in the Audi A4 which means that it is going to be slightly longer than the current model. However, despite the usage of the lighter materials in its design such as aluminum, it will arrive with a slightly reduced weight which won’t be that significant as expected. On the other hand, since it will grow in size a bit, precisely, it is going to be a bit longer, the second row of seats will provide more space and therefore more comfort.
As the 2018 model year, the upcoming 2019 Audi Q5 should arrive is several trims which will include: Premium, Premium Plus and Platinum trim levels. Its main rivals on the market will be Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
2019 Audi Q5 engine, performance and fuel efficiency
When it comes to the engine of the 2019 Audi Q5, there most likely won’t be any significant upgrades. So, it will probably use the same engine offered in the current model. It is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo which is practically the same unit which powers its larger sibling Q7. This engine is able to generate 258 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the previous models, this engine shows the improvements of 38 horses and 15 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, this drivetrain will pair with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The all-wheel-drive system will continue to be standard as before.
As well, it will be available with Drive Select System which will include five modes; those will be Auto, Sport, Individual, Comfort and the latest Off-Road mode. As for the fuel efficiency, we can expect similar numbers as in the current model. It gets 23 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.
On the other hand, the Audi Company will also offer a high-performance version of this model. It is the SQ5 which will feature more powerful unit under its hood. It is going to be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged engine which will be able to generate 354 horsepower and the torque of 369 pound-feet. This unit will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The all-wheel-drive configuration will be standard as in the base Q5. Moreover, it will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The fuel economy of this version is estimated to be 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined.
Platform, exterior and interior design
The 2018 model year has been switched to the new platform, which also underpins the A4. So, the Q5 is now a slightly longer than its forerunner which affected its interior space making it roomier especially for the rear passengers.
When it comes to exterior design, the upcoming 2019 Audi Q5 should arrive very similar to the current model. At first glance, we might not even notice the differences since they could only be visible in small details. For example, the new Q5 will now get standard HID lights while the LED lighting will remain optional. The grille should be slightly refreshed and on the rear, we will notice new LED tail lamps. On the other hand, the SQ5 version will receive slightly different styling and the unique design of the wheels. The standard 2019 Audi Q5 will ride on the 18-inch 5-double spoke wheels with all-season tires while the higher trims will get larger 20-inch alloy wheels.
Speaking of the interior, the 2019 Audi Q5 should show more upgrades in this area where we will notice more organized and well-designed cabin. The Q5’ s cabin in one of the most beautiful and most quality in its class. It will able to accommodate up to five passengers. With slightly improved interior space, it will provide more comfort too, especially on the back. The seats are very cozy and even in the base trim, are upholstered in leather. The rear ones can split and fold into more cargo space which is generally pretty ample. Furthermore, for more luxurious feel, it will be available with wood details and glossy and matte finishes as well.
The 2019 Audi Q5 will arrive with plenty of modern standard features even in the base trim and a range of optional tech systems. So, the base Premium trim comes with power locks and windows, automatic emergency braking, audio system, a 7.0-inch center color display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and power front seats. The Premium Plus will add LED headlamps, a power panoramic moonroof, rear cross-traffic, heated front seats and so on. Finally, the Prestige trim will arrive with Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers, parking system, MMI navigation, blind-spot monitors etc.
Release date and price
Unfortunately, it is still not known when precisely the 2019 Audi Q5 will hit the market. Speaking of the price, it should be similar to the one of the current model. So, the base trim should start at around $41,500, the Premium Plus at $45,500 and the top ranging Prestige will cost around $51,000.